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Sanson to receive Special Humanities Award

Released: 02/24/2006

LSU Alexandria history professor Dr. Jerry Sanson is being honored with a prestigious award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

He will receive a 2006 Special Humanities Award during special ceremonies March 18 at Houmas House Plantation in Darrow, La., south of Baton Rouge. The award winners were announced last month.

The annual awards ceremony honors Louisiana residents who have made outstanding contributions to the study and understanding of the humanities.

Sanson was cited for leading 21 Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) programs for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in Rapides, Allen, Avoyelles, Concordia, Winn, Natchitoches and Grant parishes. RELIC is a library-based reading program for adults.

“I was both surprised and humbled when I learned that I had received this award,” Sanson said. “I have enjoyed bringing each series to libraries across Central Louisiana, meeting the people who attend the programs and working with the librarians. Receiving an award for having fun was unexpected.”

His topics included the United States Constitution, Louisiana history, Louisiana biography, the American West and World War II.

RELIC Director James Segreto nominated Sanson for the award. “It was one of the easiest nominations to write, and one that was overdue,” he said.

“Jerry Sanson demonstrated the highest standards of professional dedication to the preparation and implementation of the RELIC programs, enabling the LEH to maintain consistently its standards for intellectually stimulating programs that are equally appealing to the adult reading program of Louisiana,” Segreto said.

Sanson, a native of Alexandria and resident of Deville, attended LSU Alexandria before earning his undergraduate degree from Louisiana College. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from LSU. He currently is serving as president of the Louisiana Historical Association. Sanson has been on the LSU Alexandria faculty since 1988.